Following in the footsteps of his father Mike Clark, Nathan Clark will be Daviess County High School's band director for the upcoming school year.
Considered a "legacy" of DCHS, Clark credits his time as band director to his family, particularly his father, who served as DCHS band director for more than a decade.
"When you have a parent that is really passionate about their trade," Clark said, "That really rubs off on you as a student and on you as a child."
Clark's time at DCHS will be the latest in a seven-year teaching career. Clark said he spent four years as head band director for Webster County High School and then moved to DCHS, where he served as assistant band director.
"It's something I grew up around," Clark said. "Both my parents are musicians."
Clark said he is looking forward to the "diverse offerings" that are provided to the students of DCHS.
"We are able to cater to the needs of any student in the building that's truly interested in being in band in some capacity," Clark said.
Clark said that for the upcoming year, the band is planning a music production based around Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." He said the production will feature music ranging from classical composers like Johann Sebastian Bach to more contemporary groups like Radiohead.
"Musically it's supposed to match the Frankenstein metaphor," he said.
Clark also said the production is exclusively for the fall marching band.
Clark is not the only new band director coming to Daviess County Public Schools. Apollo High School band fans will also see a new face for the 2019-2020 school year.
Apollo's new band director is Andrew Tucker. Following a four year stint as band director at Elizabethtown High School, Tucker accepted a position in Owensboro at Foust Elementary School, where he worked as a music teacher. Now, Tucker has made the switch to Apollo. "When you get into high school you can really dig into a lot of the meaning behind music," Tucker said.
Tucker, a graduate of LaRue County High School and member of the band there, said that he enjoys working with high schoolers.
"I feel very at home working with high school (students)," Tucker said.
Clark and Tucker will take over their new positions on Monday.
Jack Dobbs, 270-691-7360, firstname.lastname@example.org